Google used its Inside Search Event June 14 to unveil its Search by Image feature for desktop computers. This feature lets users search for
information on photos simply by uploading a still image, adding a link to it, or dragging and dropping the image in a search box and hitting "Enter."
There are also Chrome and Firefox extensions to provide shortcuts for this search feature.
If this sounds a lot like Google Goggles for the iPhone or Android smartphones, it's because the search engine is using the same software from Goggles
to power this new feature.
Users of Goggles have been able to take pictures of landmarks, locations and some two-dimensional products for the last two years. Well, Google
decided to apply this technology to the desktop for times when users can't find words to bring important context to the picture they are seeing. This
can be especially useful for pictures users have taken and stored online but forgot to add captions to them.
This is the latest example of Google building some backward portability, if you will. That is, instead of taking technologies created on the desktop
and expanding them to the mobile domain, the company is taking software tools intended first for mobile users and making them available to the more
sedentary desktop or laptop user.
The idea is that Google will make its Web services available on as many Web-connected devices as it can to bolster its search and advertising
opportunities. Tests of the new tool showed it to be serviceable for pictures dragged and dropped and uploaded from our work laptop.
Its use is very simple: just drop the image (either from Google or from your own files) in the search box. It works with JPEG, GIF, PNG, etc...
I just tried it with one of the best known Phoenix UFO reproduction image:
It gives you:
- Best guesses name for the image
- Most reliable links
- Visually similar images/photos (same as Tineye)
- Pages that include matching images (with the image size)
Very useful for helping to find the original source of a document!
edit on 25-6-2011 by elevenaugust because: (no reason given)
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